ENROLLMENT BATTLE Tennessee’s education chief has sided with a charter operator in the ongoing tug-of-war between Shelby County Schools and the state’s Achievement School District over student contact information. Chalkbeat

SENDING A MESSAGE A school board member wants Shelby County Schools to send a unified message to immigrant students and parents: “You are safe in our schools.” Chalkbeat

TOTAL ECLIPSE Many schools in the totality path closed the day of the solar eclipse, but several students in other states skipped school to come experience the phenomenon in Tennessee. WTVC

The solar eclipse creates an exciting school day for children across Tennessee. The Tennessean, The Jackson SunKingsport Times-News, Cleveland Daily Banner

LAX LAW There is little information about a student’s history of bullying, harassment or possible criminal activity shared with public school districts when a new student transfers from another school. The Tennessean

BUDGET WOES Bristol Tennessee’s school system stands to lose $670,000 if Sullivan County officials approve cutting capital budget funding for its city school divisions. Bristol Herald Courier

FIGHTING HUNGER A high schooler is working to raise awareness about child hunger in low-income communities in Memphis. WREG

AWARDS The Alcoa City Schools Foundation names this year’s honorees of its Legacy of Excellence awards. The Daily Times

LEARNING & TECH Do laptops help students learn? Here’s a look at what’s happened in Maine, the only place with a statewide school laptop program. nprED

CAREER READY What questions should parents be asking about high school vocational programs? U.S. News & World Report